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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Curling rocks on: October 28, 2008 12:42:09 PM
I needed some curling gear so here's what I came up with.



I'm relatively new to colorwork so keeping all of the bobbins straight was a challenge.  I alternated blue handled rocks with yellow handles, the two colors our club uses.



I put a house on the top of the hat so the spectators on the second floor have something to watch!



Here're the "mittens", right hand fetching so I could feel the handle and the left a full mitten to keep warm.



2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Legend of the Aurora on: October 28, 2008 10:49:14 AM
I love Barbara Lavallee's artwork and it screams quilt to me.  This is my interpretation of her "legend of the Aurora Borealis" watercolor.  It's machine appliqued and quilted from hand-dyes cottons, embellished with rabbit fur.  I used the Barbara Lavallee fabric collection for the kuspiks, a fitting tribute I thought.



the original image:
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lacey shawl on: October 28, 2008 10:39:57 AM
I usually hang out in the knitting forum but I have to admit, when it comes to lace it's so much easier to crochet it!  Only one stitch to keep track of and it's so easy to look back and see what you've been up to after a time away.

This shawl (admitedly a bad picture, will try to remedy later) is about 20" wide by 75" long.  It's long enough that it stays on my shoulders and drapes nicely.  I use it on my shoulders, over my head as a hood, as a scarf, as a blanket, the list goes on.  I love it!

Used hates to admit it 3 skeins of simply soft in charcoal grey.


a stitch close-up


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled wool hat on: October 28, 2008 10:27:25 AM
Purple is my favorite color but my casual winter coat is orange.  Found this hand-painted wool yarn at the LYS and it fit the bill perfectly for a winter hat.  I'm a sucker for cables so here's my creation.



so what do ya think?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hat and glittens on: October 28, 2008 10:12:48 AM

A very basic hat meant to be utilitarian.  It's knit with two strands, one of the acrylic purple color I liked and some left over navy blue wool.  It's warm and practical.  The glittens have their own post, but basically they're fetching cuff with two gloved fingers and a mitten for the remaining three.  A practical compromise, especially if you can see in the background, the little thermometer is reading -18.4F, and yes, it's still October!


6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fetching purple glittens on: October 28, 2008 10:05:57 AM
I adore the Fetching pattern, however in Alaska it's too cold to have your fingers out (it was 18 below today).  I worked the bottom part of fetching then decided to add mittens, no wait, I wanted gloved fingers to allow my fingers to be useful ... SO, a compromise to what my son termed "glittens".  The thumb and pointer finger are free to do whatever I need, press the buttons on the radio or the gas pump or whatever, grip things, etc. and my "other fingers" that usually move together anyway are all nice and toasty living together.

Without further ado, my fetching purple glittens!






Any comments welcomed and if anyone can help me figure out how to download more pics I'll post more. I figured it out, added another one of the pair.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / motorcycle chaps pattern on: April 07, 2008 10:09:48 PM
so has anyone seen a pattern for motorcycle chaps?  i found a pair of leather pants at a thrift shop and thought i'd alter them but wasn't exactly looking forward to reinventing the wheel if there's a pattern or tute already out there.  thanks!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / sewing a leather bag on: March 12, 2008 11:48:38 AM
Has anyone created leather bags?  I'm hoping to use some leather duster coats I got at the thrift store to make my husband and i bags for on our motorcycles but i'm totally paranoid to cut the leather.  i'm pretty experienced at making bags but figured i'd make a demo first to work out kinks.  is there anything i should know about sewing leather before i start (aside from use leather needle, no cotton thread)?  Does it sew pretty much like a heavy fabric?  Would i have to line it?  what technique should i use to turn seam allowances since an iron won't really work?

thanks for any help anyone can offer.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / won yarn at auction, now what do I do with it? on: December 06, 2007 03:48:25 PM
 So I was at a fund-raising auction for the Yukon Quest dog race and won the auction for Cherry Tree Hill wool yarn in earth-tones.  It's great yarn, i love the color but here's the question:  What do I make with 1200 yards of yarn?  The label specifically says I'll never be able to match this with any other yarn, it's paint-dyed or something like that so I make sure I have enough before I knit.  So I started a great cabled cardigan, a perfect pattern but I'm nearly done with one of the front panels and one of the skeins of yarn.  I'm figuring it'll be almost exactly one skein for each of the front panels, one for each sleeve and maybe two full ones for the back.  That leaves NO extra yarn for the collar, belt, extra cable I may have to make going up each side since it's probably not going to block out to be big enough... Ugh, so after all of that, what should I make?  It seems like it should be enough to make something big (sweater).  Anyone have a sweater pattern (or link to one) that would definitely be knit with under 1200 yards?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how I made circular needles - not DPN on: November 17, 2006 01:06:20 PM
I've been lurking here for a while and had to tell you all how I made circular needles.  I'm not talking DPN.  I made short dowel needles sanded down a dowel, skewer or chopstick, cut it to about 4".  I drilled up the end carefully to receive a piece of 2mm round leather cording.  taper the second end but not to a point, just enough to keep the stitches from catching.  Glue a piece of round leather cording into the end with strong glue .  

Another finishing tip: I couldn't get enough wax from the wax paper method so I dipped it into a melted candle.  Then to scrape the excess off I just ran it through the appropriate hole of my needle sizer and the extra wax just fell off.  It made them nice and smooth and they smell like apple/cinnamon!  If you're going to work with white yarn first you may want to not use a colored candle!

I've made several pair of circular needles from shish-kebob skewers (size Cool varying the leather cording length to make 16-29"  One pack of the bigger skewers will make more than one knitter will need.  The smaller skewers make great sock needles (size 3).  1/2" dowel makes a nice size 10.  When I wanted to sit down to make needles I wasn't feeling like also working with clay so I just got a bag of various sized wooden beads and glued them on the ends.  

For my needle keepers I just use a cork on the end.  Cut it in half so it's not unwieldy.  It already has a hole from the corkscrew so it just sticks right on or you can drill it out to fit better.

Hope these ideas are helpful to someone, let me know if they are Cheesy!
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